We have some really innovative and creative owners of sustainable businesses here in the South West who just happen to be incredible women too.
Here are some of the inspirational women behind the products you can find in the No Plastic Shop.
Sophie: The Dartmoor Soap Company
A baby with eczema led Sophie to create a completely pure bar of soap from the most natural oils. The results were almost immediate, within days her baby’s eczema had disappeared. This success led Sophie to create a range of beautifully scented, yet 100% natural soaps made with the upmost respect for both their local and global environment.
The Dartmoor Soap Company products are made using local ingredients, contain no palm oil, are never tested on animals and come in totally biodegradable packaging.
Shop the range of Dartmoor Soap Company soaps here.
Catherine and Catherine: The Truthbrush
Catherine, a fashion buyer and Catherine, a hospital doctor are the founders of Devon based Truthbrush. The Truthbrush came about after a stay in an ‘eco’ hotel where they were given a single use plastic toothbrush. They realised there was no beautiful sustainable toothbrush on the market so they designed and launched one themselves with sustainably sourced bamboo, bristles made from 62% castor bean oil and fully recyclable packaging and carbon neutral delivery.
The Truthbrush was designed at their studio on the edge of Dartmoor where they work alongside their all female team. They believe sustainability, luxury and good design can go hand in hand.
Shop the range of Truthbrush products here.
Sharon: Soap Daze
Sharon started the business at her kitchen table after 15 years working in a laboratory at South West Water. Using the traditional cold press method, she knew right from the beginning that she wanted it to be good for the earth, not just environmentally friendly but also vegan, as well as amazing for everyone’s skin.
As well as ensuring that the ingredients are the best, a really big part of the Soap Daze brand is to be zero waste. The process of soap making has very minimal waste, she gives away the 25 litre containers and buckets that the coconut and olive oils come in, she uses Freecycle to get a lot of her packaging and even makes the soap shavings into free samples.
Shop the range of Soap Daze products here.
Stephanie: Little Lodge Bees
Stephanie is a doctor of Marine Biology, turned full-time beekeeper and cosmetics maker at Little Lodge Bees. Her adventures into beekeeping started with a beehive as a wedding gift and her happy honeybees produce some surplus honey and beeswax, which she uses to produce a range of natural, pure and honest skincare products.
The ethos behind her business is one of conservation, as her business grows, her careful husbandry of her honeybee colonies have an ever-increasing positive impact on the British countryside.
Shop the range of Little Lodge Bees products here.
Tara: The Dartmoor Skincare Company
Tara began work as a beauty therapist and reflexologist in 2003, but her passion for creating her skincare range started when researching the ingredients in baby care products to alleviate the symptoms of her children’s eczema. This research led to the Dartmoor Skincare Company range of skin care products.
All products are free from sulphates, parabens, synthetic colours and fragrances, suitable for vegans and officially certified as cruelty-free with Leaping Bunny. Made here in Devon, the products are inspired by the wild natural beauty of Dartmoor.
Shop the range of Dartmoor Skincare products here.